Delays warning to motorists
SUFFOLK police are today warning motorists to take care and expect delays as we gear up for this year's major spring event – the Suffolk Show.Delays are expected as thousands of people flock to the Suffolk Showground next Wednesday and Thursday.
SUFFOLK police are today warning motorists to take care and expect delays as we gear up for this year's major spring event - the Suffolk Show.
Delays are expected as thousands of people flock to the Suffolk Showground next Wednesday and Thursday.
Motorists coming to the show are urged to follow the special arrangements that will be place to help keep the traffic moving.
Sergeant Colin Teager said: "Such is the volume of traffic expected that special arrangements are in place to cater for this influx.
"We would ask people to follow the signs, or the directions of police or stewards, to ensure traffic is free flowing.
"Visitors using routes into and around the showground should be prepared for some delay.
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"Although new traffic arrangements last year eased the problems that we had in 2002, the amount of people heading to the show means traffic is likely to be slow moving and we also have to bear in mind there may be other factors, such as accidents, which may mean hold-ups.
"If people stay on the designated routes we hope to ensure everyone gets to the show, and home again, as safely and as soon as possible."
Motorists coming from Woodbridge should use the Bucklesham village route, while those coming from the west along the A14 should come off at the Seven Hills roundabout.
Showground traffic will then be asked to keep in the right hand lane on the slip road off the A14 and then to use the two lanes around the roundabout.
Traffic from Ipswich should use Bucklesham Road to access Gate Four, while motorists coming from Felixstowe should follow signs to leave the A14 before the Seven Hills junction.
Those going to the show are being asked to follow these routes in reverse when leaving the showground.
Police are also advising motorists to check their vehicles before leaving home and to ensure the driver is not too tired.
Brakes and tyres should be checked; oil, water and screen wash should be topped up; mirrors and windows should be cleaned and you should have enough fuel to complete your journey.
Police are also advising people to take a first aid kit, a warning triangle, a torch, blankets, food and water, in case you get delayed or are involved in an accident.
They are also advising anyone who breaks down to pull the vehicle off the road as far as possible and wait for help well away from the vehicle.
Police have also warned motorists to expect delays as a result of the annual Copdock Bike Run this Sunday , when around 700 motorcyclists will head from Copdock to Bradfield St George.